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THE VOICES OF JOHNNY DOLLAR

 Voices of Johnny Dollar

3 MP3 CDs - 157 episodes


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ABOUT THIS OLD TIME RADIO SHOW:
All text on OTRCAT.com are ©2014 OTRCAT INC - All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

Bob BaileyYours Truly, Johnny Dollar, was one of old time radio's most successful and long lasting radio detective series. Debuting in 1948, Johnny Dollar ran until September 30, 1962, when it joined Suspense as the last two dramas of the radio era.

The character of Johnny Dollar evolved through the years although the basic premise of the program remained the same through the entire run. Dollar was a freelance insurance investigator. The insurance companies would hire the investigator to verify various elements of a claim. When there was evidence of a fraudulent claim, the insurance company did not have to pay it, putting the investigator in line for a large bonus.

The episodes of Johnny Dollar revolved around the reading of the investigator's expense reports, often with Dollar's "creative" entries. Over the years, a number of actors took on the role of Johnny Dollar; this collection is a sample of each of their work.

Dick Powell played the role in the audition episode, titled Yours Truly, Lloyd London, but withdrew from the project because of other commitments.

LEADING ROLE OF 'JOHNNY DOLLAR' PLAYED BY VARIOUS ACTORS OVER 14-YEAR RUN:
Dick Powell

Dick Powell
Starred in 1948
One audition episode only

Charles Russell

Charles Russell
Starred in 1949 - 1950
Episodes #1-34

Edmond OBrien

Edmond O'Brien
Starred in 1950 - 1952
Episodes #35 - 139

John Lund

John Lund
Starred in 1952 - 1954
Episodes #140 - 232

Gerald Mohr

Gerald Mohr
Starred in 1955
One Audition Episode

Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey
Starred in 1955 - 1960
Episodes #233 - 716

Bob Readick

Bob Readick
Starred in 1960 - 1961
Episodes #717 - 744

Mandel Kramer

Mandel Kramer
Starred in 1961 - 1962
Episodes #745 - 811

Movie actor Charles Russell was the first Johnny Dollar during the 1949-1950 season. During the first season of YTJD actor Russell was going through a divorce from starlet Nancy Guild, and the insurance investigator role was given to Edmund O'Brien. With O'Brien at the microphone, Johnny Dollar began to lean towards a tough-guy, almost hard-boiled persona.  When O'Brien's movie career began to reignite in 1952, another movie tough-guy, John Lund assumed the role until 1954, when the series ended, temporarily.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was too hot of a property to leave alone for long, and the radio network turned the reins of the show over to veteran producer Jack Johnstone. Having worked extensively in serial dramas like Buck Rogers and The Adventures of Superman, Johnstone began reformatting Johnny Dollar into a daily 15 minute program with week long story arcs. With nearly 75 minutes of storytelling time, the writers had a better opportunity to develop plots and characters. Veteran leading man Gerald Mohr played in the new audition show. Mohr had a powerful leading-man voice, but was involved with filming the Foreign Intrigue television series in Stockholm.

The role ultimately went to Bob Bailey. Bailey had just completed work on another radio detective role, Let George Do It, and was a natural for the "man with the action packed expense account". Bailey's acting and the extended 15 minutes 5 days a week (75 minute format) worked extremely well for the listening tastes of OTR fans, but the network was unable to find a sponsor, and the experiment came to an end after 13 months.  Again, YTJD was too successful to set aside, and Bob Baileystayed with the role until 1960 when the network moved radio production to New York as a cost cutting measure.

Broadway veteran Bob Readick assumed the role for the 1960-1961 season.  For the 1961-62 season, the part went to Mandel Kramer. Both actors were part of CBS' company of stock players. Readick appeared in several episodes of Suspense as well as The FBI In Peace And War.  Kramer had a varied career, and was played several roles on Counterspy. He would later become the last leading actor of the radio era. Readick's portrayal went back to the original Johnny Dollar character, while Kramer, who put his own low-key spin on the role, is (in many listeners' minds) the second best Johnny Dollar after Bailey.

This compilation is a sampling of the actors who played Johnny Dollar over the years, see also the extensive collection of Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1: 48 recordings: total playtime 23 hours 10 minutes

1. Dick Powell
YTJD 481207 000 Aud Dick Powell Milford Brooks Iii

2. Charles Russell
YTJD 490218 001 Perikoff Policy
YTJD 490311 005 Murder Is A Merrygoround
YTJD 490325 006 Milford Brooks III
YTJD 490415 009 100000 Dollar Legs
YTJD 490422 010 Barton Drake
YTJD 490821 016 Out Of Fire Into Frying Pan
YTJD 491001 020 Fishing Boat
YTJD 491008 021 Racehorse Piledriver
YTJD 491029 024 Little Man Who Wasnt All There

3. Edmond O'Brien
YTJD 500629 056 Barbara James
YTJD 500713 058 Calgary
YTJD 500720 059 Henry J Unger
YTJD 500803 061 Blood River
YTJD 500930 066 Howard Caldwell
YTJD 501014 068 Yankee Pride
YTJD 501028 070 Joan Sebastian
YTJD 501111 072 Adam Kegg
YTJD 501118 073 Nora Falkner
YTJD 510113 080 Portocall
YTJD 510120 081 David Rockey
YTJD 510224 086 Jarvis Wilder
YTJD 510303 087 Celia Woodstock
YTJD 510331 091 Jackie Cleaver
YTJD 510425 096 R Virginia Towne Rehearsal
YTJD 510620 103 Malcom Wish Md
YTJD 510822 113 Reh Leland Case Rehearsal
YTJD 511208 124 Youngstown Credit Group
YTJD 521128 140 Singapore

4. John Lund
YTJD 521205 141 James Clayton
YTJD 521212 142 Elliott Champion Noisy
YTJD 521226 144 Walter Patterson
YTJD 530102 145 Baltimore
YTJD 530116 147 Starlet
YTJD 530220 152 Latourette
YTJD 530227 153 Underwood
YTJD 530306 154 Jeanne Maxwell
YTJD 530324 157 Syndicate
YTJD 530407 159 Enoch Arden
YTJD 530421 161 Dameron Noisy
YTJD 530505 163 Blackmail
YTJD 530602 167 Costain AFRTS
YTJD 530714 173 Shayne Bombing
YTJD 530804 176 Voodoo
YTJD 530908 181 Lester Matson AFRTS
YTJD 531013 186 Philip Morey
YTJD 531110 190 Bobby Foster AFRTS
YTJD 540105 198 Fairway AFRTS

Volume 2: 66 recordings: total playtime 23 hours 40 minutes

5. Gerald Mohr
YTJD 550829 Aud Transpacific Gerald Mohr

6. Bob Bailey
YTJD 551003 233 Mccormack Episode 01
YTJD 551004 234 Mccormack Episode 02
YTJD 551005 235 Mccormack Episode 03
YTJD 551006 236 Mccormack Episode 04
YTJD 551007 237 Mccormack Episode 05
YTJD 560514 393 Of Medium Well Done Episode 01
YTJD 560515 394 Of Medium Well Done Episode 02
YTJD 560516 395 Of Medium Well Done Episode 03
YTJD 560517 396 Of Medium Well Done Episode 04
YTJD 560518 397 Of Medium Well Done Episode 05
YTJD 560730 448 Sea Legs Episode 01
YTJD 560731 449 Sea Legs Episode 02
YTJD 560801 450 Sea Legs Episode 03
YTJD 560802 451 Sea Legs Episode 04
YTJD 560803 452 Sea Legs Episode 05
YTJD 561001 489 Picture Postcard Episode 01
YTJD 561002 490 Picture Postcard Episode 02
YTJD 561003 491 Picture Postcard Episode 03
YTJD 561004 492 Picture Postcard Episode 04
YTJD 561005 493 Picture Postcard Episode 05
YTJD 561111 513 Big Scoop
YTJD 561209 516 Burning Carr
YTJD 561223 518 Missing Mouse
YTJD 561230 519 Squared Circle
YTJD 570317 529 Clever Chemist AFRTS
YTJD 570721 546 Yours Truly
YTJD 570728 547 Confederate Coinage AFRTS
YTJD 570804 548 Wayward Widow AFRTS
YTJD 570825 551 Smoky Sleeper
YTJD 570929 556 Doubtful Dairy AFRTS
YTJD 571006 557 Bumsteer AFRTS
YTJD 571222 568 Carmen Kringle
YTJD 580302 578 Diamond Dilemma AFRTS
YTJD 580413 584 Wayward Money AFRTS
YTJD 580420 585 Wayward Trout AFRTS
YTJD 580427 586 Village Of Virtue AFRTS
YTJD 580504 587 Carson Arson AFRTS
YTJD 580518 589 Ghost To Ghost AFRTS
YTJD 580608 592 Wayward River AFRTS
YTJD 580615 593 Delectable Damsel
YTJD 580622 594 Virtuous Mobster AFRTS
YTJD 580629 595 Ugly Pattern AFRTS
YTJD 580720 598 Mojave Red Sequel AFRTS
YTJD 590125 623 Doting Dowager
YTJD 590308 629 Net Of Circumstance AFRTS
YTJD 590412 634 Fairweather Friend
YTJD 590517 639 Twin Trouble
YTJD 590809 651 Lost By A Hair
YTJD 591018 661 Missing Missile
YTJD 591108 664 Larson Arson
YTJD 591122 666 Fancy Bridgework
YTJD 591129 667 Wrong Man
YTJD 600110 673 Unholy Two
YTJD 600117 674 Evaporated Clue
YTJD 600124 675 Nuclear Goof Distorted
YTJD 600207 677 Sidewinder
YTJD 600228 680 Look Before Leap
YTJD 600306 681 Moonshine
YTJD 600508 689 Phony Phone
YTJD 600619 695 Flask Of Death
YTJD 600626 696 Wholly Unexpected AFRTS
YTJD 600703 697 Collectors AFRTS
YTJD 600717 698 Back To Back AFRTS
YTJD 601113 714 Bad One
YTJD 601127 716 Empty Threat

Volume 3: 43 recordings: total playtime 17 hours 11 minutes

7. Bob Readick
YTJD 601218 719 Wayward Kilocycles Denoised Dropouts
YTJD 610115 723 Very Fishy
YTJD 610122 724 Terrible Torch
YTJD 610129 725 Short Term
YTJD 610212 727 Wayward Fireman Stutters
YTJD 610226 729 Touchup
YTJD 610312 731 Ring Of Death
YTJD 610319 732 Informer

8. Mandel Kramer
YTJD 610326 733 Twos A Crowd
YTJD 610409 735 Captains Table
YTJD 610423 737 Rat Pack
YTJD 610528 742 Yaak Mystery
YTJD 610611 744 Big Date
YTJD 610618 745 Low Tide
YTJD 610625 746 Imperfect Crime
YTJD 610702 747 Well Of Trouble
YTJD 610716 749 Old Fashioned Murder
YTJD 610730 751 Philadelphia Miss AFRTS
YTJD 610806 752 Perilous Padre
YTJD 610813 753 Wrong Doctor
YTJD 610827 755 Shifty Looker
YTJD 610910 757 Buyer And Cellar
YTJD 610924 759 Double Barreled
YTJD 611029 764 Bee Or Not To Bee
YTJD 611112 766 Wrong One
YTJD 611119 767 Guide To Murder
YTJD 611203 769 Cinder Elmer
YTJD 611231 772 One Too Many
YTJD 620121 775 Terrible Torch
YTJD 620204 777 Nugget Of Truth
YTJD 620218 779 Takes Crook
YTJD 620311 782 Golden Dream
YTJD 620401 785 Blue Rock
YTJD 620422 788 Skidmore
YTJD 620513 791 Lust For Gold
YTJD 620617 796 All Too Easy
YTJD 620701 798 Vociferous Dolphin
YTJD 620715 800 Weather Or Not
YTJD 620722 801 Skimpy
YTJD 620805 803 Trouble
YTJD 620826 806 Gold Rush
YTJD 620902 807 Doninger Doninger
YTJD 620930 811 Tip Off

 


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